This just in: Nobody likes John Travolta’s new film Gotti.
The crime biopic details the life of New York City mobster John Gotti and took almost ten years to make. It was originally slated for a direct-to-video release by Lionsgate last December until the studio, smelling blood, sold the film back to its producers.
Gotti premiered at Cannes Film Festival last month, where audiences purportedly walked out. It was released in theaters last Friday and is currently on track to become Travolta’s third film to receive a 0% rating on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, alongside 1983’s Staying Alive and 1993’s Look Who’s Talking Now.
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The Hollywood Reporter calls the film “pretty terrible” as well as “poorly written” and “devoid of tension, ridiculous in spots and just plain dull in others.”
Meanwhile, The New York Times calls it a “dismal mess” adding, “What does shock is just how multifaceted a dismal mess it is.”
And Rolling Stone calls it a “manic mess is one offer John Travolta should have refused”.
But it’s Showbiz 411’s review that’s especially brutal:
“Gotti” has around 28 producers and looks like the all you can eat buffet version of a gourmet Martin Scorsese movie. You only realize how amazing James Gandolfini was in “The Sopranos” by watching Travolta act with his chin, the same way he portrayed Robert Shapiro in the “OJ” mini series. Between Travolta and real life wife Kelly Preston, who plays Mrs. Gotti, the movie is like an infomercial for wigs.
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john could get it back in the day!!…wish i had that sex appeal that he had.
I saw the film and it isn’t awful, it is just not well done. It skips from event to event to event as if we, the audience, already have some idea how important the event is. Perhaps the people who made the film thought this was all obvious, but it is not. There isn’t any context for why certain things happen or all that much explanation as to the interrelationships. There is way to much foreshadowing. The kid who plays Gotti, Jr., however is super hot, so there’s a plus.
It is not a movie I would pay to see (and, as a Moviepass, member, I didn’t have to pay).
Time to retire and come out of the closet and to leave the cult that rules him.
He had a hot career back in the day – more than most actors ever get. He should concentrate on smaller character roles from here on out.
I like John .yet , I dont know if it’s his manager or if its John himself picking his movie rolls. Seems the last few he made keep getting worse. Maybe hes doing them for extra cash..here’s hoping better roles come his way soon
The Gotti story was interesting but the movie was not compelling. None of the characters elicited any concern from me other than the victims prior to being murdered. Moviepass, at least, made it easier to stomach.
The sound of that gives me chills – they’re multiplying – it’s electrifying!
He looks like the terminator.
he still owes us all bigtime for battlefield earth.
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